NAD DVD Players Offer Versatile, Affordable High Performance
NAD's T585 universal player delivers audiophile-quality, the company says, while the T515 DVD/CD offers affordable home theater compatibility.
NAD’s T585 universal DVD player
March 27, 2007 by Arlen Schweiger

NAD has expanded its Home Theater products offerings with the versatile T585 Universal DVD Player and the affordable T515 DVD/CD, each featuring an HDMI output with HDCP encryption for use with high-definition displays.
With top audio performance in mind, NAD says both players benefit from audiophile-quality 24-bit, 192-kHz audio D/A converters to ensure that even compressed MP3 and WMA files receive superior output. Bass is full and tight, mids and highs are detailed and smooth with a stereo image that has depth and scale, and that’s just taking compressed files into consideration, NAD says.

Both models include component, S-Video and composite video connections as well as coax, optical, and stereo analog audio connections, assuring complete compatibility with any home theater set-up. The T585 also provides a 5.1 analog connection as well as the digital audio format via the HDMI output.

As a universal player, the T 585 supports both DVD-Audio and SACD media, providing on board Dolby Digital and DTS decoding for multi-channel discs. It also comes with the SRS True Surround circuit, a surround virtualizer that creates 5-channel audio with only 2 speakers, according to the company. The T515 supports standard CD and DVD media and is also compatible with DivX and (2-channel only) DVD-Audio discs.

The T515 provides a standard 480i and 576i picture, which can be “upsampled” to 1080i, while the T585 employs a Faroudja DCDi chip that will ‘upconvert’ standard DVD (480 lines) to the HD formats of 720p or 1080i, which is available on the HDMI and Analog Component Video output.

The T 585 also provides comprehensive on-board DVD-Audio and SACD Digital Bass Management, allowing consumers to pre-set speaker configurations such as speaker size, distance and level. The T585 uses MLP lossless compression to produce PCM formatted high-resolution signals from DVD-Audio media.

SACD (super audio compact disc) uses the DSD (direct stream digital) technique to obtain a very realistic sonic presentation. The T585 has two separate signal paths for the DVD-Audio and SACD signals, which maintains the highest possible levels of sound quality for each format. The integration of high-speed FET output devices keep all the detail present in the high-resolution SACD and DVD-Audio formats perfectly intact, says NAD.

The Dual Discrete Video Circuit (DDVC) in the T585 ensures the highest possible picture quality via the Component Video output and a high-speed dual 12-bit, 216-MHz video D/A converter delivers accurate playback of delicate, low-level video signals, producing a vivid picture that is faithful in every detail. Higher quality picture reproduction is also possible thanks to a filter with flexible ‘shutout characteristics’ that is used for the analog filter in the latter stage.

Additionally, the NAD T585 uses two separate video D/A converters to process progressive and interlaced signals, eliminating mutual interference between the two signals. This allows both a standard-definition and a high-definition picture to be output simultaneously, which makes it ideal for sending video to a second room.

Easy integration with advanced control systems, such as AMX and Crestron, is made possible using the rear panel IR input, 12V trigger input, and RS-232 port, the company adds.

The T585 Universal DVD Player and T515 DVD/CD Player will sell for suggested retail prices of $1,199 and $399, respectively. Visit for more.

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for and Electronic House magazine.

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